More Than a Fad: Embracing Black and White Geometrics

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Fashion’s hottest spring trend is undeniably the black and white geometric print. Led by top fashion houses including Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton, these patterns have been featured in countless spring editorials, top trend lists, and themed Pinterest boards. Their growing popularity has also crossed over to interior design, with many professing the inherently chic qualities of black and white combinations.

Spring Looks by Marc Jacobs and Louis VuittonSpring looks by Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton

While this talk may seem all too trendy, fear not: Black and white geometrics have long been used in interior design. Their timelessness and high impact make them the perfect candidate for interior projects. So, this is one bandwagon that you can hop on without regretting it later. Here are some ways to incorporate black and white geometrics based on your comfort level:

For the ‘Fanatic’ – Pattern the Floors

A bold, black and white floor may be one of the most striking statements in interior design. Whether checked or striped, an oversized geometric underfoot adds immediate impact. My personal favorite is this painted floor by designer Grant Gibson, featuring a large-scale, octagonal pattern.

"I am a huge black and white fan. White brightens the room while the black grounds it." - Grant Gibson

Black and White Geometrics

Stripes or concentric squares are an equally striking alternative.

Black and White Geometrics

For the ‘Mind-Changer’ – Stripe the Walls

Another way to add black and white geometrics is by way of your walls. While this option may be less of a commitment than flooring, it can infuse just as much drama. For the DIYers, some painter’s tape and a long weekend can yield amazing results. Wallpaper is another option, offering lots of pizzazz at varying price points.

Black and White Geometrics
Striped alcove by Martyn Lawrence Bullard
Black and White Wallpaper at the Ritz-Carlton in LABlack and white striped wallpaper at the Ritz-Carlton Residences in LA

For the ‘Risk Adverse’ – Add accessories and textiles

If black and white floors or walls are too dramatic for your tastes, accessorize, accessorize, accessorize! The options are absolutely endless and, most importantly, noncommittal. From throw pillows to tabletop, black and white geometrics can dress up any surface.

Dinnerware by Marimekko and Vintage BarwareDinnerware by Marimekko and vintage barware
Diane Von Furstenberg's suite for Claridge'sDiane von Furstenberg used black and white textiles in her suite for Claridge’s.
Greek Key Pillows by Trina TurkGreek key pillows by Trina Turk

The key to this trend is big and bold – no delicate prints here! Are you ready to add a bit of black and white?


Image Sources- Photo 1:(Left) Ty Larkins, (Right) Go Runway; Photo 2: Go Runway; Photo 3: Grant K. Gibson; Photo 4: (Left) Ty Larkins, (Right) Christina Murphy Interiors; Photo 5: Tim Street Porter Photography; Photo 6: Woodson and Rummerfields Design; Photo 7: (Left) Marimekko (Right) Lonny; Photo 8: Claridges; Photo 9: Layla Grayce.


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Desiré is a designer, blogger, and lover of all things glamorous. Though primarily a self-taught decorator, Desiré studied at The Art Institute, where she honed a distinct aesthetic largely influenced by the Modern Glamour movement, the theme of her popular design blog, Sukio. Not only is she considered a "closet fashionista," discreetly stashing handbags and shoes whenever possible, but, as an MIT graduate, she’s also an undercover nerd. Fashion, nerdom, and several years as a Washingtonian have combined to shape her unique perspective on interior design.